Varicose veins – they are unsightly and can be painful. But are they something to really worry about? Read on for some information about varicose veins, what they are, if they are really dangerous to your health, and what you can do about them.
What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are caused by weakened or damaged valves or vein walls. The damage causes blood to pool, which makes the veins become large and distorted. This typically occurs in the veins in the legs, but it can sometimes happen in other parts of the body. They can occur in both men and women. People who are overweight, pregnant, have an inactive lifestyle, or a family history of varicose veins have an increased risk of getting them.
Are varicose veins dangerous?
You may be concerned because of the way varicose veins look, but they are more than just a cosmetic issue. The blood that pools in veins can clot, causing something called “superficial phlebitis,” which isn’t typically dangerous to your health but can be very painful. However, it is possible for superficial phlebitis to develop into deep vein thrombosis, which is very dangerous. Varicose veins can also be a sign of chronic venous disease, which can eventually cause other health problems such as ulcers of the skin.
Can you prevent varicose veins?
If you are concerned about varicose veins, there are a few things you can do. Performing regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, and elevating the feet when you sit can help to prevent varicose veins. You can also avoid high heels, crossing your legs when you sit, and clothing that restricts your waist or legs. However, you should know that in some people these measures will only slow the onset of varicose veins and not prevent them.
There are many reasons to get rid of varicose veins – they are unsightly, but they are also painful and can result in dangerous health conditions. Dr. Sammy A. Zakhary specializes in treating varicose veins, for your health and your peace of mind. Call the Glendale, Arizona, office today at (623) 258-3255 for help with varicose veins.